About Osteopathy

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About Osteopathy

In Australia, osteopaths are government registered allied health practitioners who complete university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis, and osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopaths provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy; clinical exercise programs; and movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments. They may also offer therapeutic needling techniques like dry needling, trigger point therapy or acupuncture. Your osteopath may also offer ongoing support and educational advice about your lifestyle, stress management, diet or other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.

Osteopaths mainly work in private practices but also work in a range of health settings including multidisciplinary medical/health clinics, rehabilitation clinics, aged care facilities, professional sports clubs, government, chronic pain management settings and research institutes.

Discover Osteopathy

Discover osteopathy! Find out what it is, what an osteopath does, and how osteopathic treatment may help you.

Patient Journey Videos

Osteopathy Australia's short video collection of patients who visited an osteopath for treatment and support.

What You Can Claim

From Medicare rebates to DVA claims and insurance, see what you can claim here

Studying Osteopathy

Find out more about this great profession - check out the osteopathy tertiary degree options, opportunities for further study and listen to students and lecturers talking about the courses and uni experiences on offer.

Working as an Osteopath

You must be government registered, meet high professional standards and complete annual continuing professional education to practice osteopathy in Australia

Advanced Practice Recognition

Osteopathy Australia's information on Advanced Practice Recognition, formal professional titling and quality review frameworks relating to advanced practice focus areas.

Osteopathy Australia Partners

We work with these complementary key organisations as an essential part
of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

GuildSuper
BioCeuticals
Workcover WA
OBA
HICAPS
RMIT University
QLD Worksafe
Pain Australia
VIVOBAREFOOT
Sleepmaker
MAIC QLD
Medicare
Insurance Commission of WA
Arthritis Australia
Kymdan
AHPRA
VIC Worksafe
MAIB
MAC SA
SA Worksafe
AHPA
NSW Workcover
National Rural Health Alliance
Worksafe ACT
DVA
Better Pain Management
ESSA
TAC VIC
Associations Forum
OIA
Brooks Shoes
SCU
NSW SIRA
NT Worksafe
Guild Insurance
Health Workforce Australia
Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council
Wentworth Advantage
Member Advantage
OPC Health
Victoria University
TAS Workcover